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Non-Fiction

Puppet Strings: Rachel Swirsky

In 2006, as my friend Vylar Kaftan was planning her wedding, she kept having horrible visions. What if there was a storm? Or lightning struck the groom? Or she suffered spontaneous human combustion?

That summer, Vylar and I participated in the Clarion West Write-a-thon, a fundraiser for the workshop. Writers take pledges for marathon writing, much the same way that people take pledges for walk-a-thons. During the write-a-thon, Vylar organized an exchange in which several writers contributed first lines to stories they didn’t intend to write. I submitted “The trouble with claiming to be a shapeshifter is someone eventually expects you to prove it.” In exchange, I received the line Vylar had written: “The wedding went well until the bride caught fire.”

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Heroes 3 News; The Return of Slavery; Gender War Continues

Movies Neil Gaiman, Fully Booked Present 3rd Philippine Graphic Fiction Awards Guillermo Del Toro Wants Hobbit Movies to Be Just Like Books … Except for Being Movies Stephen Spielberg to Direct Fantasy Film with Clues James McAvoy Crosses Physical Boundaries in Wanted Television Heroes 3 Delves Into Backstory, Possibly to Forget Season 2 Suckage Rose […]

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Excerpt from Personal Demons by Stacia Kane

“…a nice change from the usual tales of vampires and werewolves running around shrieking about mates and soulmates. It is also a fun-filled read that I find so enjoyable from the first page to last.” —Mrs Giggles “…an exciting new addition to the urban fantasy/paranormal romance genre. It’s action packed, humorous and suspenseful.” —Spotlight Review […]

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Stan Winston Passes, George Takei Marries, Indiana Jones Includes Racist Crap

Movies Special Effects Guru Stan Winston Passed Away at 62 The New Republic Wants to Save You from Seeing “The Happening” Universal Orders “Last Call,” Reports on Other Oni Press Comic-to-Film Developments Spike Lee Will Direct Theoretical Physicist’s Memoir “Time Traveler” James McAvoy Isn’t Bilbo Baggins … Yet Television io9 Reviews “Battlestar Galactica” Finale … […]

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Timothy Lantz, Cover Artist for Clockwork Heart

Cover art begins with the story and the characters. I usually get a synopsis and character descriptions, or sometimes a copy of the manuscript. From there, I try to find a model who I think can embody the character or at least be transformed through a bit of photoshop. After that, it’s a matter of […]

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Puppet Strings: Darja Malcolm-Clarke

“The Holy Spirit’s ‘endless speaking’ seemed to me an apt metaphor for the patriarchal/phallocentric discourse in which Western culture is so embedded. It informs the basic assumptions about what it means to be a man or a woman…“ Over the next few weeks we’re rolling out some new features at Fantasy Magazine. One that we’re […]

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Excerpt from “Clockwork Heart” by Dru Pagliassotti

“…a fascinating, fast-paced and delightful novel in Clockwork Heart. The setting is intriguing and unique, melding the best of steampunk with the wonders of high fantasy, and is peopled with a rich blend of characters from all walks of life…Pagliasotti has brought forth a terrific novel, one that embodies a bold new direction in the […]

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Torchwood Series 3, Tomorrow’s Big Stars, Terminator 4, Why?

Movies Frank Miller Says “The Spirit” Won’t Be Like “Sin City” Science Friday on M. Night Shyamalan’s “The Happening” Only Three People Know the Surprising Ending to “Terminator 4” Ridley Scott’s Found a New Sci-Fi Film to Direct Television Torchwood Back for Series 3, and Apparently We’ll Be Pleased with the Casting SF Universe Profiles […]

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A shout-out for the annual drive for Strange Horizons!

It’s that time of year again: Strange Horizons‘ annual fund drive is on! As you know, Strange Horizons is a weekly online magazine of and about speculative fiction. It’s been going for nearly eight years now, staffed entirely by volunteers wbut paying professional rates to contributors, and is dependent on donations from its readers to […]

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The Jeremiads: The Mainstreaming of Science Fiction on TV?

The ABC series Lost is, quite possibly, the most broadly successful science fiction television show yet. While ratings have been on a decline in this, the fourth season, the season’s premiere pulled in 16.07 million viewers. Now, these are Nielsen numbers, which I consider suspect at best, but it shows that the show is very […]